STATE of MINNESOTA
WHEREAS: Aviation and aerospace innovation have birthed vast industries, which enhance our quality of life and the economic health of our communities. Minnesota has an extraordinary legacy of achievement in the essential fields of aviation and aerospace, providing space leadership, national security, and for the sustainability, and aviation organizations; and
WHEREAS: The nearly 250 publicy-owned airports, state-licensed heliports, and seaplane bases in Minnesota play a critical role in the lives of citizens; and the state has significant interest in the continued vitality of community airports, airport operators, and aviation organizations; and
WHEREAS: Thousands of Minnesota citizens engage in aviation and aerospace, which provide highly skilled, good paying jobs in organizations that contribute positively to the taxe base and trade balance. These employers range from innovative manufacturing companies to airports, which generate $12. billion in economic activity, including providing nearly 165,000 jobs and $6.5 billion in labor income; and
WHEREAS: Minnesota companies and entrepreneurs use business aircraft to fly to airports that do not offer commercial air service, enabling them to successfully compete in the global economy and allowing their headquarters to be located outside of a major city; and
WHEREAS: Aviation and aerospace are essential to the vitality of Minnesota’s economy, and its airports are gateways for the flow of agriculture, commerce, communications, navigation, tourism, and pubic safety; and
WHEREAS: Aviation and aerospace offer exciting career opportunities for young people – the next generation of innovators and builders of Minnesota’s future.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MARK DAYTON, Governor of Minnesota, do hereby proclaim September, 2012 as:
AVIATION AND AEROSPACE MONTH
in the State of Minnesota
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Minnesota to be affixed at the State Capital this 23rd day of August.
SECRETARY OF STATE